Examining The Stages of California Brain Injuries and Their Recovery
At Binder & Associates, our Pasadena, California brain injury attorneys have successfully represented clients who have suffered from severe head injuries that lead to life-long impairments that require expensive and extended medical care.
When our clients suffer severe brain injuries in Los Angeles County scooter accidents, motorcycle accidents, auto accidents, or pedestrian accidents, our Pasadena personal injury attorneys fight for their financial recovery needs, so they are never left paying out of pocket for the injuries that were caused by another’s negligence.
Understanding Brain Injury Statistics Throughout The United States
The Centers for Disease Control records and maintains data on traumatic brain injuries that occur throughout the United States. Defined as a disruption in the normal function of the brain, these injuries are often the result of a jolt, bump, blow, or penetrating injury to the head. And, unfortunately, no one is immune to the risk of these injuries.
According to the CDC approximately:
- 2.5 million people visit emergency rooms throughout the country each year for brain injuries
- 288,000 people are admitted in hospitals each year for brain injuries
- 56,800 traumatic brain injury-related deaths occur each year in the U.S.
Exploring The Stages of Brain Injuries In California
Brain injuries can lead to disability and death, and thousands are affected by the injuries each year. According to the Brain Injury Association of California, there are four stages of brain injuries and recovery – when recovery is possible.
Stage One: The actual injury itself, and what happens to the brain’s tissue, which can include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Inability to remember the actual traumatic event
- Skull fractures
- Post-traumatic seizures
- Abnormal brain scans due to the trauma
Stage Two: The brain injury’s impact on the individual’s function, including:
- Physical disabilities
- Cognitive issues
- Emotional distress
- Behavioral problems
Stage Three: The individual recovery process
Brain injuries are unique to the person who is suffering from the trauma. Swelling, bleeding, and changes to the brain’s chemistry can all affect the brain’s function.
As each person’s recovery moves forward, the brain function can improve or decline at different levels, including:
- Conscious but confused and disoriented with the inability to pay attention. Agitation, nervousness, restlessness or frustration also may appear and can include disrupted sleeping patterns and overreaction to stimulation.
- Minimally conscious state, where the individual is partially conscious and can recognize where sound and visual stimulation are coming from. The injured party can reach for objects, respond to commands, and speak or show emotion.
- Coma: The person is unconscious, and unable to respond, communicate, or show emotion
- Vegetative State: The complete absence of responsiveness and awareness.
Stage Four: The impact of brain injuries on family members
While everyone’s situation is different, they share common hardships including financial trouble, role changes, and full-time care that requires family members to abandon their employment.
At Binder & Associates, our Pasadena brain injury attorneys know that family members are often charged with caring for their loved ones after these severe injuries leave them impaired. And the expense and stress involved require all the help they can get. That is why we are here.
If you have suffered from a brain injury, are caring for someone who has, or have lost a loved one as a result of their brain injury, contact our Pasadena, California personal injury attorneys today by calling (626) 325-0765 to schedule a free consultation. We can help you pursue the negligent person or company who caused these severe injuries for the financial recovery you deserve.